National Book week

Written by
Dr Ayub Macharia

National Book week is marked every last week of September. The focus of the Book Week is to encourage Kenyans of all walks of life to read books for leisure and acquisation of knowledge. Its aims at transforming Kenyans from an exam oriented readership to readers who will read on any subject without restricting themselves only to their areas of interest.

Various activities are planned at the National Library centers including book exhibitions and displays, story telling, poetry, recitation, children reading tent, reading and writing competitions, book talks and other cultural activities. Others include book launches, book auctions and book donations. Sometimes training seminars for teachers and librarians are held. This week could be a good opportunity to explore reading materials available on the environment.

Suggested activities.

  • Visit a national library near you.
  • Look for publications on the environment.
  • Check for availability of publications addressing environmental issues in your local area.
  • Form a publishing club to publish issues on the local environment, that is, about local plants, animals, social issues, and economic activities and about people’s decisions and actions regarding the environment. Use the cheapest means to publish the findings. It can be handwritten or typed and bound.
  • Initiate a library at school or within the community
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the National Book Week. Publicise your success on this blog

 For Further Information, contact

National Book Development Council of Kenya (

Kenya National Library Services (

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